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Advanced Aesthetics Tips to Protect Your Skin this Winter

11/11/2015, 11:32 a.m.
During the summer, you worked hard to lather on the sunscreen and moisturize your legs that were seen in shorts. ...

By: Cleo Gib

During the summer, you worked hard to lather on the sunscreen and moisturize your legs that were seen in shorts. Now as winter approaches, you may not be as diligent on your skin care regimen. During the colder months, it's important to take care of your skin to prevent it from getting dry and cracking. By working with a specialist in advanced aesthetics you can get the products that you need to care for your skin. Just remember the following tips to help you keep your skin in great condition.

Moisturize

The lotion that you use to keep your skin moisturized throughout the summer may not cut it for winter. Most people use water-based lotion in the summer, but oil-based lotions are recommended during the winter. The oils help create a protective layer and allow your skin to retain more moisture. You should be looking for an ointment or night cream. If you want something that won't clog your pores, find something with primrose, avocado, mineral, or almond oil. For your feet, try petroleum jelly or similar products to lock in moisture.

Use Sunscreen

It makes sense to wear sunscreen in the summer when it's hot and the sun is beating down on you, but the winter sun can be just as damaging to your skin. You should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and any exposed skin 30 minutes before spending time in the sun. Don't forget to reapply it frequently while you're out and about, too.

Wear Gloves

Your hands have fewer oil glands on them, so they are more apt to become itchy and crack when the cold weather hits. Choose cotton gloves over wool gloves, or wear them under wool gloves to protect your hands. You should also refrain from wearing wet gloves, which could lead to itchiness, cracking skin, or eczema flareups.

Purchase a Humidifier

Central heating systems and space heaters can dry out your home. A humidifier can replace some of the moisture in your home to prevent your skin from drying out, too. You can place them throughout your home for the best effect.

Drink Water

By drinking plenty of water throughout the day, you can keep your skin looking young and healthy. If you're not a habitual water drinker, then it's time to start drinking plenty of water to protect your skin and keep it looking great. You may have been told that 8-10 cups of water is recommended every day, but depending on where you live and your level of activity, you may need even more water to stay hydrated and protect your skin.

Exfoliate

Exfoliating can help remove dead skin cells to make way for healthier skin cells. It can also help the moisturizers sink deeper and faster into your skin. A professional can help you find the right exfoliator to use to refresh and revitalize your skin.

Limit Hot Baths

During the winter, you may be tempted to turn up the heat on your bath or shower. Don't do it! The heat can break down the lipid barrier in your skin, drying your skin out. Try cooler, shorter showers. If you take a warm bath, try adding oatmeal or baking soda to help retain moisture in your skin.

When you think about your skin and want to look your best, you need to know how to care for your skin throughout the year. Winter tends to be a time when people suffer from dry skin, so you need the right products to care for your skin. Talk to a specialist in advanced aesthetics who can examine your skin and help you choose the perfect products to care for your skin.